Upcoming author events at Waterstones
28 August 2012 / 0 Comments
Waterstones is hosting many exciting author events in London this Autumn -- perfect for an outing by your reading group or book club.
NW by Zadie Smith
WATERSTONE'S GOWER STREET
Tuesday, 4 September 2012, 1:00PM
Orange Prize-winning novelist Zadie Smith, signing copies of her eagerly awaited new novel NW. It's a typically bold and brilliant story of intersecting London lives. If you are unable to make the signing please call the store to reserve a copy. This is a free event all are welcome.
For further details about this event you can call on 020 7636 1577 or email us.
This is the story of a city. The north-west corner of a city. Here you'll find guests and hosts, those with power and those without it, people who live somewhere special and others who live nowhere at all. And many people in between. Every city is like this. Cheek-by-jowl living. Separate worlds. And then there are the visitations: the rare times a stranger crosses a threshold without permission or warning, causing a disruption in the whole system. Like the April afternoon a woman came to Leah Hanwell's door, seeking help, disturbing the peace, forcing Leah out of her isolation . . .
"Witty inventive... Smith is the most naturally gifted young novelists around - with a fastidious ear for differentiated dialogue and a lethally quiet comic touch. Above all, she can move us." Times Literary Supplement for On Beauty
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Monday, 17 September 2012, 7:00PM
Join Waterstones 11 author Eowyn Ivey for a magical, winter themed evening to celebrate her international bestselling novel, The Snow Child. Eowyn will be in-conversation with journalist Suzi Feay, talking about her inspiration for the book as well as sharing her experiences of Alaskan life. This special event will also include a musical performance from the band Miss Maud's Folly.
About The Snow Child
Alaska, the 1920s. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place, and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before. When a little girl appears mysteriously on their land, each is filled with wonder, but also foreboding: is she what she seems and can they find room in their hearts for her?
"Taking its genesis from an old Russian fairy tale, the author fleshes out her story of emotional and geographical desolation and of enduring suffering and loss, with a terrific combination of toughness and delicacy." Sunday Times
Kevin Powers discussing his book The Yellow Birds with Damian Barr
WATERSTONES COVENT GARDEN
Thursday 6th September, 6.30pm
Join Waterstones for an evening with Kevin Powers, author of the incredible debut novel The Yellow Birds. Hailed by critics as 'Deeply compelling', Colm Tóibín, this beautifully written story is not one to miss. This will be his only UK appearance.
Tickets £3 and on this special occasion redeemable against the purchase of the book. Call Jen or Vic on 0207 836 6757 or email to book your ticket.
About The Yellow Birds
Everywhere John looks, he sees Murph. He flinches when cars drive past. His fingers clasp around the rifle he hasn't held for months. Wide-eyed strangers praise him as a hero, but he can feel himself disappearing. Back home after a year in Iraq, memories swarm around him: bodies burning in the crisp morning air. Sunlight falling through branches; bullets kicking up dust; ripples on a pond wavering like plucked strings. The promise he made, to a young man's mother, that her son would be brought home safely.
"The Yellow Birds is the All Quiet on the Western Front of America's Arab Wars." Tom Wolfe, author of The Bonfire of the Vanities
'After Hours' with T C Boyle author of San Miguel
Monday 8th October, 8.15pm
Join Waterstones Islington for an invigorating literary event with the iconic American cult fiction author T C Boyle, as he reads from and discusses his new and evocative novel San Miguel at a special 'After Hours' edition of Waterstones' book talks.
Tickets £5 including a glass of wine. Call or email to book your ticket or for more information. Contacts: Abbie at 0207 704 2280 or by email.
About San Miguel
The schooner from Santa Barbara arrives at the tiny, desolate island on New Year's Day, 1888. As the trunks are unloaded onto the wet sand, thirty-eight-year-old Marantha Waters looks at the cliffs falling away into the churning sea. This is the first day of her new life on San Miguel. Joined by her husband, a fiercely possessive Civil War veteran who will take over the operation of the sheep ranch on the island, Marantha strives to persevere in the face of brutal isolation. But the constant wind and sheep-ravaged wasteland shatter her illusions; her husband promised paradise. As he obsessively resolves to stay - and becomes increasingly distant from her and their adopted daughter Edith - Marantha's blighted lungs grow weaker in the dampness. Two years later, Edith, now a spirited teenager and an aspiring actress, will exploit every opportunity to escape the captivity her father has imposed on her. March, 1930. Another family - and another bride - arrives on San Miguel. Elise Lester, a librarian from New York City, and her husband Herbie, a World War I veteran full of manic energy, achieve a celebrity of sorts as the news cameras take an interest in these wayward people living in the wild. But the unyielding island is haunted by its history. Will the family be able to cling together as the war threatens to pull everything apart?
"No-one better than T. C. Boyle can hoover a sentence out of the gods' imaginations, and set it in glitter on the page." Scotsman